Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip at Barley's Smokehouse on 1/16/10

Jet black in appearance; dark brown highlights towards the end. ΒΌ inch of milk chocolate-brown foam dissipates quickly to a slight wisp. Thin retention & spotty lacing, though there is no retention by the end.

Subtle yet wonderful dark malt aroma. Chocolate & roasted aromas, notes of vanilla, bitter coffee undertones. Smooth, earthy wood tones imparted by the oak.

The taste is very good, indeed. Potent bitter coffee - roasted & near burnt. The chocolate notes are more subdued than in the nose. A few bitter hops linger about. Faint notions of dark fruit hidden behind tons of roasted malts. More bitter than sweet. The oak smoothness does well to pull the flavors together.

Full bodied & viscous. Carbonation is low & creamy. Plenty grit in there. Bitter coffee lingers on the finish as does a bit of boozy heat.

Drinkability is pretty darn good. I wouldn't mind just a little more chocolate or sweetness in general to augment the roasted/burnt & bitter aspects. Other than that, it's pretty much awesome.

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Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on Jan. 6, 2010.

Poured bomber into a pint. My first impression was that the pour itself was thick, almost syrupy. Dark, almost black with a thick frothy espresso colored head. Before taking my first sip I could see the head recede into a heavy, bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass.

It smells of sweet chocolate, mild hops, and burnt oak.

Taste: burnt oak and heavy malt lead into bitter chocolate/coffee. The alcohol begins a slight burn as it sits in my mouth and the finish tastes of heavy whole grain bread and oak. This is a relatively new bottle so perhaps I could taste more sweetness/vanilla with age, I did not detect either four months after the bottling.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Light carbonation. This beer is very tasty but the alcohol is not masked enough to do much more than sip it. It won't be a chore, but I'm guessing it will take the rest of my night to finish of the bomber by myself.

Definitely worth revisiting, and I would be curious to try and older vintage and compare.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A $10 22 oz bomber, not sure where I bought it.

Appearance: Completely opaque with a brown head which has good retention and leaves really nice small spotty lacing.

Smell: Rich bittersweet chocolate. Piney hops. Woody, raw oak. Vanilla.

Taste: Creamy dark chocolate and a little coffee. Piney and slightly citrus hops. Pretty obvious oak flavors. Just delicious.

Mouthfeel: Very close to as good as it gets. Full mouthfeel, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability: Try to sip and savor, but gulps are even better. A great, complex RIS with the added oak notes makes for a great beer. This is the Nov 09 release.

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Photo of stimulus
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a small cream colored head.

S: Powerful chocolate and oak/vanilla dominate the scents.

T: Wow. Chocolate, vanilla, a hint of coffee, and I can even taste the oak barrels (I'm pretty sure but I've never eaten a tree before), before a minor but soothing alcohol burn on the aftertaste.

M: Thick and viscous with mild carbonation. Almost syrupy.

D: Too strong and flavorful to keep drinking this one, but delicious while it lasted.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on Jan. 07, 2009.

(A)- Pours thick & black as night. Produced a huge foamy & frothy light brown head that is taking forever to dissipate. Huge clumps of lacing are all over the place.

(S)- Lots of rich molasses with a big toast-like roastedness. Bits of brown sugar & vanilla-like wood. Hints of toffee & cocoa.

(T)- A dense richness of a woody, almost nutty roastedness that has a wealth of molasses, cocoa, raisin, & burnt coffee behind it. Finishes almost dry. One of the more complex oak aged beers in memory.

(M)- A great carbonation level & balance. Sweet, but has smoothed out well with its woody dryness & small bitter bite from the heavily roasted malts. Obvious warmth as it goes down from the alcohol, but in no way botersome, in fact, it is welcomed for the style.

(D)- Yet another spectacular beer from the Yeti series. Each one provides something special and this one is no different. Has a great bold richness an RIS should be like with wonderful nuances the oak aging added to the mix. Could easily age for much longer given how potent this still is. Great stuff, but still a sipper purely for its complexity; not strength.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 Vintage

A: Pours pitch black with 2 fingers of nice tan head. Sticky lace clings to the sides of the glass. Impressive pour.

S: Hints of chocolate and vanilla combined with a good dose of oaky wood. Buttery alcohol.

T: Similar to the nose: dark chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and some alcohol. All of these combine with a strong oak flavor. Perhaps a little too much oak.

M: Thick and full bodied. The finish is somewhat harsh with biting alcohol and a lot of oakiness.

D: A solid RIS, but not one of the best IMO. There's a little too much oak in the flavor that leads to a somewhat harsh, burnt finish. Nonetheless, it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 1/6/10.

The beer pours a dark black color with a medium brown colored head. The aroma is very nice with chocolate, oak, vanilla and hops. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the oak with some piney hops mixed nicely into the background. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured syrupy and thick into my pint glass with one of the darkest heads on a beer I have ever seen! The pour looks very much like a Guinesss pour. The head is super frothy and holds shape well when you finger it. hehe. Body is super dark, no light let in(not even a red highlight when held up to the light).

Aroma is hoppy and slightly alcoholic with a nice hint of chocolate and coffee.

This is a decently hopped stout. The vanilla flavor(which i couldn't smell in the aroma) from the oak barrels is very noticeable and very tasty. It blends very well with the hoppiness.
Feel is nice and syrupy thick. Its super smooth but has some tingly to it from the carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. This is pretty rich due to the vanilla and its kinda bitter in the back of the mouth. One bomber of this is plenty.

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Photo of photomike
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

15-month-old bottle

Pours perfectly: an explosive creamy tan head with ridiculous retention and beautiful sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Literally could not look better.

Aroma is huge. Smoky, ashy, and with a suggestion of soy sauce. Chocolate, leaves, and the lightest bit of alcohol.

The flavor, even after almost a year and a half, is punishing and aggressive. In the best kind of way. Rich, sweet and chocolatey, with an astringent, roasty finish that dries everything out. Really earthy and oaky with a nice vanilla flavor that complements the fleeting sweetness. The bitterness lingers, perhaps just a bit too long.

Aside from the intense astringency, this beer has a magnificent mouthfeel. So full-bodied, rich and velvety. With creamy, understated carbonation. This is exactly what I look for in an imperial stout.

So delicious, and without much evidence of the alcohol, this beer is wildly drinkable.

I love this beer. Distribute to CA, Great Divide!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very black, thick looking pour with noticable tan head that dissipated leaving behind some moderate lacing. Nice looking.

S - Chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malts. Wooody armoa blends nicely with the rest of the smells.

T - Sweet, with nice roasted cocoa taste surrounded by an oaky backbone. Very pleasant to drink, the woodiness is not overpowering, but complimentary. Just a touch hoppy.

M - Viscous, a bit syrupy sitcks to your mouth a little. Nice carbonation too helps to lighten it up a bit.

D - Pretty drinkable, considering the weight and alcohol. Great stout, would have again.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled up my tulip with this legendary stout. You don't have to wait in line to get this. You don't need to be on a reservation list to get this. It's a stout that gets great reviews but it is a great stout.

A - Jet black with tan head and nice lacing

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fruit

T - Rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla, cherries, and a minor hop bitterness present just to balance things out.

M - Full bodied stout. Rich and thick. Alcohol warms and doesn't burn.

D - Well balanced big boy stout that is readily available in most quality beer stores. If it's rated this highly and is easily available to most people... imagine if how high it'd rank if they made it a "limited release."

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Photo of cratez
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle purchased by my girlfriend at Beer World in Largo, Florida.

Pours an impenetrable black with a sliver of brownish tan head and a couple dots of lacing on the snifter.

Smell and taste are roasted barley, vanilla, oak barrel, dark chocolate, black coffee, toast, smoke, and fruity/herbal hops. I also get some raisiny notes, but not to the extent that you would find in a barley wine.

Full-bodied mouth feel is thick and viscous; hops produce a spicy bitterness mid-palate; chalky aftertaste with a lingering woodiness and some warming alcohol going down.

Overall, this has everything you could want from an RIS with Great Divide's signature herbal fruitiness to boot. While this pales in comparison to Bell's Expedition and some other favourites, it's still an exceptional Impy Stout. Nice work, GD.

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, murky, inky black that can only be found at the bottom of the ocean or at midnight in a dark forest. No highlights to speak of when held up to the light. This may be the blackest beer I've seen to date. The beer, despite a strong alcohol content, pushes up a head of at least two inches. The head is dark and coffee-colored and has ridiculous retention, it didn't move for the first three minutes I had it out and it still hasn't gone all the way away five minutes later. The head leaves thick, draping rings of lace hanging around down the sides of the glass. This is just a spectacular looking beer.

The aroma isn't far behind in quality. As soon as I popped top on the Yeti I could smell it and it only increased in fragrance on the pour. Dark, toasted malts laced with bittersweet baker's chocolate, and a very sprucey hop character lingering in the background. This smells pretty damn hoppy for a stout, but I'm looking forward to diving in.

Wow. This is big. This is complex. This is TASTY. Up front, big, roasty malts and that semisweet dark chocolate duke it out (with no clear winner being determined anytime soon). A bit of coffee and more chocolate come through after this, but that distinct vanilla tone from the cask sneaks its way in there as well. The earthy and piney hops show up in the end, leaving your mouth a fudgy, hoppy mess that just wants more. GDBC did not hold back in the flavor department, at all.

The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and contains only a little carbonation, making it a smooth, creamy sipper that masks the alcohol content surprisingly well.

I'm very impressed with this beer. I haven't had regular Yeti yet, but I'm definitely gonna have to put that on my to-do list. The Oaked Yeti is now my favorite RIS that I've had to date. I'm going to be hard-pressed to find another beer that can rival the complexity and flavor that this one has while looking so damn good doing it. This thing is a drinking experience, and I wish I could have another bomber of it without becoming completely shitfaced. One of the best birthday presents I got this year, hands down. Hats off to Great Divide for brewing such a likeable monster.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 month old Oak Aged Yeti into Stone RIS glass

A moderate pour yeilds a dense black motor oil body with deep ruby
highlights and a creamy mocha head of two fingers. Retention is
moderate, and no lace seems to hang around, well, not much anyway. The
second pour leaves much more in the way of eye candy lacing.

Aroma was massively roasty even from a foot away during the pour. The
nose is heavily roasted coffee, caramel, floral/citrus hops, tobacco,
faint cocoa, oak. Big tasty aroma.

Taste is giant and in-your-face. Roasted malt, black coffee, tobacco,
raw leaf hops, high cocoa chocolate, grapefruity/oily hop bitter
finish. Some oaky dryness, and a bit of astringency on the finish. I
don't pick up any of vanilla that one would expect from the oak. Ok,
its there, but you really have to look for it. Its just super bitter
for an imperial stout. Apparently there is a lot of alcohol in this,
but is covered up quite well, only warming the palette a bit. As the
beer warms it is much more approachable, the malt gets a little milk
chocolate sweetness to take the edge off of the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is super heavy, but not syrupy sweet, just very viscous.

This one takes a bit of work to put down in a hurry, but that's not
really the intention. This is an all around great and balanced mega
brew. Its definitely world class. I bet at 2-3 years this would be
absurdly good.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I let this one age for a year.

Pours a deep black. Nice tan head. Disapated to a film. Little bit of lacing.

Aroma has alot of oak. A little bourbon and vanilla. Dark fruits and roast. This smells good.

Tastes just as it smells. This one is a little more oaky than other RIS's I have had. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not to thick like other RIS's. Nice carb.

Overall another beer I like sharing with friends. Very tasty and get this if you can.

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Photo of magnj
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours out like chocolate sauce. Legit coffee colored head.

S - dominated by chocolate and oak. Very complex and well rounded.

T - again chocolate and oak are the major players. At times its very oaky and vanilla. Coffee is also present as well as typical roasty toasty stout characteristics.

M/D - super thick, super sticky, but totally acceptable.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter @ Sergio's World Beers, Louisville, KY.

Dark woody brown with a dark toast head. Fair lacing, not much in the way of retention.

Very, very toasty. It's clear the oak aging has brought out the malliard reaction flavors. Plenty of butter, caramel and toast.

Dense to drink, but still surprisingly "light" from the toast. Plenty of layers of flavor - toasts and caramel. Lots of hints of coffee and cocoa. Unfortunately, there's a little bit of "flat" like you get in a Guinness from the nitrogen. It works in the Guinness but not quite in this. But, otherwise, really exceptional.

The carbonation really keeps this beer from becoming "too much" - which could easily happen. It's still very viscous and dense. It sticks a bit to the teeth, which is nice.

Wonderful beer, well worth having.

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Photo of Jaredmcarrier
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark with caramel with some lacing.

S - Oaky vanilla and chocolate.

T - chocolate, vanilla, malty with hoppy ending.

M - Somewhat carbonated and thin unlike other imperial stouts.

D - Not very filling so quite drinkable

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of MrStark
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is thick and black. like others I've had wear it pours out like motor oil with a lovely mocha brown one finger head that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

Smell is a nice inviting blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet roasted malts which is followed by an almost citrus like hop scent on the back end.

Taste is quite nicely balanced. Much like the smell first there is sweetness from a blend of coffee, chocolate and malt followed by a nice hop bitterness to finish it off. Probably one of the more hoppy versions of this style I've had but still balanced and tasty. Also the oak, while not incredibly potent but it is there giving a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, almost chewy with a mild amount of carbonation. Very nice feel on the tongue.

Drinkability is exceptional! Its goes down very easy for me and is quite tasty. The alcohol also seems to be quite well hidden. Certainly one of my top choices in this style! I look forward to having quite a few more of these!

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, dark brown color, impenetrable to light with a one-finger tan head. Looks great!

Smells rich and chocolaty, like an imperial stout should. Slightly bitter but with a hint of sweetness as well. So far so good!

The smell is more of the same, I'm not really picking up much of the 'oak' in there, but the flavors do balance really well. There's an initial hit of chocolate sweetness that fades more towards the bitter side of the flavors. It's awesome.

Great mouthfeel, but I think the richness and alcohol content make this one a tough to drink multiples of. A top-notch RIS though, for sure.

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Photo of mroberts1204
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black with dark caramel head that seems to linger throughout the entire glass. Sticky lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt. Chocolate and vanilla come through with some oakiness. Definite hop presence. No alcohol smell whatsoever.

T - Sweetness balanced well with hop bitterness. Taste follows the smell with sweet malt flavors of caramel, chocolate, vanilla with a woody character. The hops are present throughout. Finishes with a pleasant hoppiness. Not overly bitter. Very woody--maybe too much.

M - Lighter in body and moderately carbonated. I prefer my imperial stouts to be thick and chewy. The body on this one is a little too thin.

D - Not much alcohol present making this very drinkable. Not as filling as others.

I'm just not that impressed with this one. I don't think it ranks among the best in the Russian Imperial Stout category. The flavor is interesting but I feel that the oak is over done. Good, not great.

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Photo of betterbgood
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all i'm glad I followed my intuition to pick this one up, balanced out of this world, with everything going on. Better than stone russian, even with the higher abv it's better than Samuel Smith Imperial stout. I digress, let me calm down.

the 22oz bomber had a label date bottled on 1/6/2010 that great, mainly since they use more hops than other imperial stouts, that might be the trick there.

the appearance had a chocolate head, dark body, nice and thick.

the smell was of chocolate,

the taste was so balanced i felt the alcohol more than i tasted it.

the mouthfeel was creamy and delicious it was so fresh.

the drinkability is good as long as you drink responsibly

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Photo of zoso493
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 22 oz. bomber that was bottled on 11/17/09 into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

Appearance: Pours deep, motor oil black that lets absolutely no light through. This beer has the absolute largest and darkest head that I've ever seen on an imperial stout. The head just looks so thick and fluffy and enticing, it's incredible.

Smell: You can tell that this one has been through some oak aging, as hints of vanilla come through in the nose. There are also some light coffee hints, unsweetened dark chocolate and some liquor tinges. There are also some very light but noticeable citric hops in the smell.

Taste: This is a very interesting stout, to be sure. There are a lot of strong but smooth malts coming out first with some nice woody, oaky tastes coming up in the background. The oak also lends itself to a more-than-subtle vanilla taste. It finishes with a huge piney hop bitterness that is certainly not typical of RIS's, making this a very unorthodox beer in my opinion. The hops just work to throw off the flavor a bit for me.

Mouthfeel: Yeti is a nice full-bodied stout but is exceptionally smooth and nicely woven together. Despite the abundance of hops, it manages to abstain from leaving that cloying sensation on your palate. World class mouthfeel in an RIS, in my opinion.

Drinkability: This is a very smooth beer but at 9.5% ABV it's taking me forever to finish this bomber. Still, it's very smooth and well put-together so it's good for what it is. There are some hints of the alcohol in the taste, though.

Overall, this is a nice and certainly unique example of the style. It's very smooth and flavorful and is one of the hoppiest stouts you're going to find. I've had the regular Yeti and the oak-aging does a lot for this particular beer. This is a very nice stout and is certainly worth trying. I'd like to stick one of these in the cellar, though, to see how it does without such an enormous hop presence.

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Photo of ekardz
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into an 8 oz glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark, almost black with a brown 1 finger head that receedes moderately fast, leaving lacing all throughout. Looks very alive and inviting.

Smell: Roasty, smell some vanilla, hoppy/oaky. Definitely smells like a bourbon of some sort.

Taste: Chocolate, very sweet. Definitely notice the hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, and smooth

Drinkability: Whoa! This is easy to drink. Do not taste any of the 9.5% alcohol in this one. Tastes like a chocolate milk, just not as filling. Could easily put down a bomber or two in a night. Will have again!

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Photo of MarkFy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a snifter.

Look: Pitch black with a brown head that disappears quickly.

Smell: some bourbon, little chocolate, maybe a dark fruit

Taste: Coffee upfront with a bitter chocolate flavor in the middle, with a slightly sweet finish.

Drinkability: Not as boozy as I anticipated, which means I could probably have the bomber to myself and feel pretty good at the end but not too bad!

Overall, a great stout. One suggestion: don't serve it too chilled, let it warm up a little, brings out more of the flavors and improves drinkability.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 4,611 ratings
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